Dr. Liveriadis has worked with many children in our clinic in Oakleigh, VIC. As a parent, there is no more terrible experience than seeing your son or daughter in pain and not being able to do anything about it. Maybe you're worried about the side effects of the medicines or maybe even these traditional approaches to pain management haven't helped. Recent research proposes that more parents of children with chronic neurological conditions are turning to chiropractic and other complementary and alternative therapies to help their kids live normal, pain-free lives.
Canadian Study Results
In one investigation of pediatric patients at Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, Canada, and Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the authors looked at over 200 surveys completed regarding both male and female patients with an average age of almost 10 years old. The diagnosis of the patients ranged from epilepsy to headaches to cerebral palsy.
The team found that around 60% of the parents surveyed had sought some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The most prevalent CAM methods were massage and chiropractic adjustments. Multi-vitamins were the most used CAM products.
In the surveys examined, most participants reported that they found good health benefits with CAM and appreciated the minimal or completely non-existent side effects. They also pointed out that if you do choose to use CAM products, it is always best to disclose this to your primary-care provider .
In a earlier study involving the same two hospitals, researchers analyzed 939 questionnaires submitted by parents who had children with serious illnesses. Just as before, the parents also highly agreed that CAM products and treatments such as chiropractic care were used quite often and very effective when dealing with kids who struggled with chronic disorders. The ones reported in the report were ailments pertaining to cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology, or respiratory issues.
Better Communication Means Better Outcomes
Both of these studies point out the advantages of using complementary and alternative therapy like chiropractic care when helping a child cope their chronic condition. It offers an alternative that doesn't create undesirable side effects and focuses on total body health, making it great for children with chronic ailments.
You want the best for your kids and Dr. Liveriadis is here to provide a natural approach to keeping your kids healthy. Give Dr. Liveriadis a call today at (03) 9579 2699 for an appointment.
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Adams D, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine use by pediatric specialty outpatients. Pediatrics 2013; 131; 225.